How to Cure Constipation
It’s estimated that a huge amount of Americans are experiencing constipation on a daily basis, which means majority of Americans are accumulating toxic waste in their intestines.
As a naturopathic doctor, a lot of the conditions I have treated are related to toxicity in the gut, so this would make sense, that with constipation and the toxic build up within your body could lead to disease. It’s really important that whatever food you are ingesting is moving through the digestive tract easily, not only so that you can absorb all the nutrients from the food, but also so that the waste is easily removed from the body.
For many men and women, this is not the case, even children can be constipated. Some are born constipated and have an uphill battle, as they are constantly fighting this toxicity issue. A healthy person must be able to expunge all waste twice a day in order for the body to maintain its optimal level. Having waste sitting in the body will damage not just the intestinal area but will effect other parts of the body like the stomach and the blood.
In helping to relieve constipation I’ll be sharing with you a massage technique that can help ease constipation. But before we get started I would like for you to take a look at your diet and see if you’re getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables. If not you may not be getting enough fiber in your diet. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fibre is considered “gut healthy” fibre because it doesn’t dissolve in water but maintains its form, which helps to push out the waste we accumulate. Soluble fibre attracts water and forms a gel like substance. It helps slow down digestion but not in the constipated way. It helps control cholesterol levels and control weight. Most whole foods will have a combination of both fibres. So don’t worry of not having enough of one or the other just remember to eat healthy.
It’s also really important to increase fluids in your diet to help keep the digestive tract well lubricated. For my patients with constipation, I recommend they have 10 cups of hot water daily. Not tea but plain hot water with a little bit of fresh lemon squeezed into it. Sipping on hot water with a squeeze of lemon helps to detoxify the liver and the water causes the large intestine to contract and relieve the stool.
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Now for the massage technique that will help in relieving constipation. What you do is massage the intestinal meridian, which is actually on your face. There are a couple of acupuncture points right close to the nose, on either side. Using your fingers, you can massage in a circular motion. You also have a point on the web of your hand, called a master point that you can massage as well. Both of these techniques will help in relieving constipation.
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To Your Health and Wellness!
Dr. Janine Bowring
Further Readings: The Benefits of Fibre: For Your Heart, Weight and Energy:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/insoluble-soluble-fiber Higgins, P. D., & Johanson, J. F. Epidemiology of Constipation in North America:
A Systematic Review. http://medicalevid.com/pdf/AJGEpiConstip2004.pdf Mugie, S. M., Benninga, M. A., & Di Lorenzo, C. (2011). Epidemiology of constipation in children and adults: a systematic review. Best practice & research Clinical gastroenterology, 25(1), 3-18. NORTH, E. O. C. C. I. (2005). An evidence-based approach to the management of chronic constipation in North America. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 100(S1). http://unmhospitalist.pbworks.com/f/chronic+constipation+mgmt.pdf